Unprecedented Round: Irishman Ties Record with 9-Under in PGA Championship

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Shane Lowry’s Record-Breaking 9-Under Performance at Valhalla

In a thrilling third round of the PGA Championship, Irishman Shane Lowry staged a remarkable comeback to challenge for the lead. Teeing off with an eight-shot deficit, Lowry put together an astounding 9-under 62 at Valhalla Golf Club. This historic round tied the lowest round and lowest score to par ever recorded in a major championship.

Tying the Lowest Score

Lowry matched the previous record set by Xander Schauffele in 2023 at the U.S. Open. However, Lowry’s accomplishment was even more impressive, as Schauffele’s round came at a par-70 course, while Valhalla is a par-71 layout.

Matching the Birdie Bonanza

Lowry had a chance to make history again on the 18th hole, aiming for an unprecedented 61 in a major. However, his putt came up just short, resulting in a tap-in par. Nevertheless, his birdie on 18 tied him with Schauffele (2023 U.S. Open), Rickie Fowler (2023 U.S. Open), and Branden Grace (2017 Open Championship) for the lowest score to par in a major.

A Masterful Round

Lowry’s round was a symphony of precision and relentless birdie-making. He birdied the first five holes and alternated between par and birdie throughout the front nine, reaching the turn at 29 under-par. On the back nine, he drained back-to-back 30-foot-plus putts for birdies at 13 and 14, before adding further birdies on 17 and parring the remaining holes.

A Contender Emerges

Lowry’s impressive performance has propelled him into contention for his second major title. Sitting tied for second place at the time of publishing, he trails only defending PGA Champion Collin Morikawa.

Historic Implications

A victory for Lowry at Valhalla would make him the 21st player in history to win multiple PGA Championships. Moreover, it would break a four-year drought of multi-time PGA Championship winners, following Brooks Koepka’s second victory in 2019.

As the tournament reaches its climax, all eyes will be on Shane Lowry as he looks to make history once again and secure a coveted PGA Championship trophy.